With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I have
been very active throughout my district attending community events to celebrate
and commemorate the holiday season.
What has now become a longstanding
tradition, every Christmas Gloucester exchanges a gift with its sister city
Shelburne, Nova Scotia, and in return the city receives a beautiful Christmas
This year Representative Ferrante
and I are donating a tree to be planted in Shelburne’s downtown area, and in
return Shelburne provided Gloucester with a 40 foot spruce tree, and late last
month I assisted my brother Brent “Ringo” Tarr and others in the community in decorating
the tree and the surrounding area of Kent Circle.
Once the tree was completed, I participated
in Gloucester’s Santa Parade and joined with constituents for the annual
Gloucester tree lighting that was well attended.
On December 1st
was able to share in the fun of Santa’s annual journey into Rockport’s harbor by
boat, and that evening’s tree lighting.
Hundreds of people came to Dock Square to witness the event, and the
spirit of Christmas was on full display.
Since then, I have also attended both
the Boxford Council on Aging and the Ipswich Council on Aging Christmas
Both parties featured good
food, holiday music, and wonderful conversations with seniors, local officials,
volunteers, and others.
Also, I was able to attend the annual lighting of the
State House’s Menorah, signifying the start of Hanukkah.
The Governor, members of the legislature and
people across the Commonwealth attended the joyous ceremony, and I am honored
to have been able to partake in it again this year.
Lastly, on Thursday,
I joined with radio station North Shore 104.9 to
conduct our annual North Shore Holiday Toy Drive.
We broadcasted live from 10 different
locations throughout the day beginning at 6:00AM and concluding at 6:00PM.
This year marked the 17th
anniversary of our joint toy drive, and it was one of our most successful ones.
We gathered thousands of toys for local children, and I want to thank everyone
who helped in this year’s drive.
the musicians, volunteers, and of course the people who donated, the toy drive
would not have been successful.
contributions have truly uplifted the spirits of many young boys and girls who
otherwise may not have had the opportunity to open a present on Christmas
Events such as these truly bring out the spirit of the season, and I
am so very happy to have had the opportunity to attend so many local holiday events.
The unique and long standing traditions that each
community hosts are some of the reasons that make living in our region so
Posted below are some photos that were captured of the various holiday
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